Hatton unveils a new star

Pukekohe trainer Jim Hatton might have unearthed a filly to provide him with a first stakes win.
Hatton produced Jimmy Choux two-year-old filly Choux A Star for an eye-catching debut second to the highly-regarded Botti at Pukekohe last month and another bold performance in Saturday's Majestic Horse Floats 1200 at Te Rapa could earn her a shot at this month's Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes (1200m) at Awapuni.
"If they timed their last 2 f from Pukekohe, you'd probably find she went quicker than (Botti) that day," Hatton said.
"She went into that race without a trial and it was more like a trial for her because they didn't go very hard. It was set up for the winner the way it was run. If she goes all right in this one, I might take her down for the Ryder.
"I've always thought she was pretty smart. She's always surprised me how much she keeps improving. She goes pretty good."
Hatton secured Choux A Star for $1000 from the festival session of the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sales at Karaka last year and races her with Glen Horan and John Blackwood, mates of his son-in-law.
"She was one of the last lots to go through the sale and I hadn't bought a horse but I did like her on type too," Hatton said.
He was impressed by the filly's early development from jumpouts at Pukekohe but she had gone shin sore in earlier preparations.
With a trouble-free preparation this time Hatton is expecting Choux A Star to again shine this weekend.
"If she goes anything like she did last start, she's going to take a whole lot of beating. She's improved a lot with that run because she hadn't done anything much going in," he said.
"First-time left-handed and at a different track, it's a bit unknown and they will go quicker this time, but she's galloping enormous. She gallops better than He's Cavalier. She's not a big filly so she doesn't take a lot of work but what she does, she does with a fair bit of speed."
Five-win stablemate He's Cavalier will accompany Choux A Star to Te Rapa for the J Swap Contractors 1600, having finished fourth in his last two starts at Ruakaka.
"He just went a bit hard in front last time. I didn't really want to drop him back to 7 f but there was no other suitable race and I just think if he'd gone a little bit easier, he would have been more competitive," Hatton said.
"He's better over 1 m, he handles heavy tracks and he's trained on well. He never changes - he's as tough as nails - and he'll give a good account of himself again."
Safely through this weekend's race and provided he rounds out his race well, He's Cavalier could step up to 1 5⁄16 m in the open handicap at Ruakaka seven days later, with Hatton keen to give the Castledale six-year-old his opportunity at a middle distance.

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